BGCRE Basketball

Summer Run Youth Drop In Basketball Registration
Summer Basketball is once again coming to the outdoor courts at the BGCRE in July and August with Drop In Sessions for Boys and Girls Grades 3-8.

Each session will include 20 – 30 minutes of instruction by HS coaches when available for some sessions, former Barlow players and youth coaches for other sessions, followed by game play with referees.

Cost is $50 for 6 weeks / 12 sessions which will run from the week of July 17 through the week of August 21.


  • Mondays – Co-ed
    • 5:30pm – 6:45 pm – Boys & Girls Grades 3-5
    • 6:45pm – 8:00pm – Boys & Girls Grades 6-8
  • Wednesdays
    • 5:30pm – 6:45 pm – Boys Grades 3-5
    • 6:45pm – 8:00pm – Boys Grades 6-8
  • Thursdays
    • 5:30pm – 6:45pm – Girls Grades 3-5
    • 6:45pm – 8:00pm – Girls Grades 6-8

Contact Jarod Smith or 203-914-2778 with questions or for more details.

Click Here to Register

Time for Pudd’nhead!

Mark your calendars for these popular events!
The 4th Annual Mark Twain Library Pudd’nhead Festival
September 15 – September 17
  • The Hoot’nanny – Friday, 9/15  6:30 pm early show; 9:30 pm second show; tix $50 on sale on 8/14
  • The Pudd’nhead Parade – Saturday, 9/16  10:30 am for kids at the library; FREE
  • Pudd’nhead Presents: NPR’s Selected Shorts – Sunday, 9/17 2:00 pm; tix $40 on sale 8/14
  • And the Pudd’nhead Prize Gala, Saturday evening, 9/16  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm at InSitu, a private sculpture garden.
    • Past recipients who have come to Redding to receive the illustrious Pudd’nhead Prize: Roz Chast, Ben Stiller, Jim Gaffigan and this year: Seth Meyers

…mighty impressive for a special little library in a special little town.

Reservations for sponsorships/reserved seats only are available now (see below).
Please contact Jen Wastrom (, Pam Robey ( or Cathy Filiato at the library if you are interested in attending the Pudd’nhead Gala as a sponsor.

A limited number of $300 general admission tickets will go on sale via the library’s website on August 14.  

Obituary: Mary Ann Guitar

Former First Selectman Mary Anne Guitar died Tuesday, July 18.

Ms. Guitar was the Chairman of the Redding Land Trust, an organization she helped found in 1965, She was First Selectman of Redding from 1977 to 1989, proud that she was the first woman to hold that office. Also, a member of the Board of Selectmen from 1969 to 1975, Chairman of the Connecticut Siting Council from 1975 to 1977 and  part of the Redding Board of Finance from 1989 to 2007.

She was born in St. Joseph, Mo., where she “grew up with a nature preserve at my doorstep and longed to “go east” where my family roots were deeply imbedded in colonial history.”, she said in an interview several years ago.

Guitar graduated from Smith College in 1943 with Nancy Reagan as a classmate.She then went to NYC to work in publishing.

She bought her Redding home with a fellow editor in 1956 and found a new career in environmental activism and politics.

Ms. Guitar was known to be a mentor to many Redingotes and will be sorely missed.

Mary Anne Guitar Memorial

The Trustees of the Redding Land Trust are sponsoring, with Mary Anne Guitar’s family and friends, an outdoor, public memorial gathering on August 12th, at 4:30 pm, atop the Lonetown Meadow (tented and accessible), with a reception to follow.

Alley Mills and Orson Bean in ‘Alright Then’

Alley Mills and Orson Bean in

‘Alright Then’

Library President Jen Wastrom, Torsten Kaye, Orson Bean, Alley Mills and Susan Kaye
One of our many famous Redding artists, Jimmy Grashow, presents Orson Bean with an original work that he had created for a show in which Bean performed on Broadway, Bean and Mills.
Once again, the Mark Twain Library brings us a program that is unique and has premiered within our walls. Actors Orson Bean and Alley Mills have written a one act play called “Alright Then” that talks about their lives and their May December romance that has lasted over 25 years.

Bean told hello, Redding that they had only presented this in front of a group of their cousins and family and this was the first time anyone had seen it that wasn’t a relative.

The dialogue between the 2 characters had an ad lib, casual feel and it was interesting to learn that the entire things was scripted Including interludes where the two actors broke into song- from old classics to a fun ditty from air. The anecdotes were poignant, sad and funny.

Soap Opera actor and Reddingite Torsten Kaye works with Mills on “the Bold and the Beautiful” and they became instant friends. Susan and their daughters came to LA for several months and the family spent time at the Bean’s Venice, CA compound. When they heard about the one act play, it didn’t take much coaxing to get Bean and Mills, both former New Englanders, to perform in the library started by our own Mark Twain.

After the performance, Wastrom presented Mills with a bouquet from flowers picked at Stormfield, Twain’s last home. Bean received a bust of Twain. The couple had visited Stormfield during the day.

After the performance, the actors mingled with the crowd at the receptipn. They were as genuine and friendly as they seemed on stage.

We are so lucky to have this fabulous gem in our town. For more information on Mark Twain Library programs and to support the library, please go to

How does a Third Party start?

According to the State of Connecticut, only the Democrats and Republicans are considered major Political Parties. Connecticut does have a rich history of Third (also called Minor) Political parties. Some have statewide enrollment, which means anyone from the state can join even if they are not active in that residents town.

Currently, minor parties with statewide enrollment privileges* are

  • Green Party
  • Independent Party
  • Libertarian Party
  • Working Families Party

Connecticut General Statutes §9-372(6) defines minor party as, “a political party or organization which is not a major party and whose candidate for the office in question received at the last-preceding regular election for such office,…at least one percent of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for such office at such election.”

Huh? That’s is a little hard to understand. 

OK, let’s simplify. Let’s say a group of people in a CT town decide to put their own slate of candidates together because they are interested in making a change in which the existing parties may not agree.

The first step is to put together a nominating petition with the names of their candidates and a party designation. They don’t have to have a person in each open slot, but the names and addresses of those interested in running must be revealed on this form. It gets filed with the Town Clerk and then submitted to the Secretary of States office. If it fulfills all the requirements and is accepted, the next step is collect 28 signatures of town residents that back this slate. The names and addresses are checked by the Town Clerk to certify that all are qualified residents.

The Secretary of State’s office receives the petition and signatures and then grants the request of the group to put their candidates on the official ballot.

But, they are not yet a third party!

One percent of the votes in each office must be cast for these candidates. So, if 500 people vote for Treasurer, at least 5 have to be for the candidate with the new group.

Each role that receives the 1% vote gives the new group the right to put their candidates on the ballot without getting signatures. That makes them a third or minor party in the state of CT. They may have a caucus as well. Note that hey may only do this for the roles that receive the 1%. Any other role must go through the original process.

If the third party does not run a candidate for each of these roles in future elections, they may forfeit their status with the state.

It works in a similar way if a single person wants to run independently. Because there is an established Independent Party, the person is designated “Unaffiliated” If s/he gets the 28 signatures on the nominating petition, they will be named on the ballot on their own line.

Endorsement also has several meanings. Only a registered political party may “endorse” or nominate a candidate without a nominating petition. But, any group can endorse (show support) a candidate such as a union or group saying they support a particular candidate.

Why am I telling you all this, you may ask….

The anticipation of the caucuses in Redding on Tuesday night has the town on it’s toes, wondering who will be on the slates hoping for our votes. The Secretary of State has given a nod to a new group that has applied to nominate their slate.  More details to come!

Political Caucuses on Tuesday Night

Are you a registered Democrat or Republican? Please come to the appropriate caucus to cast your vote on the slate for the next election. Only REGISTERED voters may attend.

Tuesday, July 25, at 8:00 pm.

Democratic Party Caucus – Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road.
Republican Party Caucus – Town Hall Hearing Room, 100 Hill Road.

Eagle Scouts

Recently, Thomas Glatzel, Adam Farmer and Nicholas Roman, were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor Ceremony held at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Easton.

The Rank of Eagle is the highest honor a scout can achieve and must be completed prior to the scouts 18th birthday.  To earn the rank of Eagle, a scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and carrying out an Eagle project that benefits his community. Only 6% of young men in scouting achieve the Rank of Eagle.

For his Eagle project, Thomas Glatzel built a permanent fence around the garden at the Easton Community Center. Adam Farmer created a campsite at Aspetuck Park and installed picnic tables. Nicholas Roman improved and fortified the pathway connecting Helen Keller Middle School and an adjacent soccer field.

All boys are Juniors at Joel Barlow High Scout and members of Boy Scout Troop 66 in Easton.